As we age, our skin changes, losing elasticity and plumpness. This leads to it becoming more fragile and thinner, taking on a crepey, paper-like appearance. While many people develop crepey skin, there are several ways to restore your skin’s support and texture!
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What causes crepey skin?
Like many other skin conditions, the most common cause of crepey skin is sun damage, as ultraviolet light breaks down collagen and elastin in our skin. Both collagen and elastin help your skin stay wrinkle-free and tight. When these fibers break down, it can cause your skin to be thin, loosen, and wrinkle.
Another contributing factor to crepey skin is age and genetics. As we age, our skin produces less natural oils, which help protect our skin and seal in moisture. Individuals with fairer skin are even more susceptible to sun damage, which creates more of a risk for crepey skin.
Where does crepey skin normally appear?
Typically, crepey skin will appear on the legs, inner upper arms, décolletage, and around the eyes. It is common to develop crepey skin in our 40s, but for some individuals, it can develop as early as their 20s, depending on genetic factors, environmental factors, skin type, and more.
How is crepey skin different from wrinkles?
Unlike folds and wrinkles, crepey skin normally covers a larger area and is not caused by repetitive moves (think laugh or frown lines). While fine lines and creases typically characterize wrinkles, crepey skin generally is more about skin’s fragile texture.
How can I prevent crepey skin?
Keep your skin moisturized. Products with hyaluronic acid are designed to pull in and retain moisture in your skin, which can help restore plumpness and a full appearance. The best time to moisturize is right after bathing, as this helps lock in moisture!
Sunscreen is your friend! Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important factors for preventing crepey skin. It is recommended to wear sunscreen and wear protective clothing to reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.
Exfoliate your skin. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliating cleanser or loofah to help dissolve dead skin cells and reduce fine lines’ appearance. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use products designed to care for sensitive skin.
Eat antioxidant-rich food. Antioxidants help to protect your skin from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the appearance of crepey skin by breaking down collagen. Food rich in antioxidants include nuts, dark leafy vegetables, red and blue berries, beans, whole grains, and orange vegetables.
Using skincare products infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients can help restore a plump and firm appearance.
Club West Med Spa is based in Midlothian, VA, and offers relaxing spa day experiences and personalized medical spa services. For more information about our services and how can help improve your skin, please reach out to us at 804-897-5297.